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Eight-member gang, doctor involved in illegal organ transplants arrested

The group used to charge between Rs2.8million to Rs10m for a kidney

By Web Desk
October 01, 2023
Pakistani villagers showing their surgery scars after selling their organs. — AFP.File
Pakistani villagers showing their surgery scars after selling their organs. — AFP.File

Interim Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi on Sunday announced the arrest of an eight-member group involved in illegal organ transplants in the province.

The police also apprehended the gang leader a doctor — with a prior arrest history — including the "motor mechanic" who used to assist in the surgeries, the chief executive said while addressing a press briefing in Lahore.

Naqvi revealed that the group used to charge between Rs2.8 to Rs10 million for a kidney with most of the illegal organ transplants used to be carried out in Azad Kashmir with the group being active in Taxila as well.

The police worked day and night to apprehend the gang, he added while lauding their performance.

Reassuring that the facilitators and abettors of the accused will also be arrested and that the government will try to present a "strong challan" of the case, the chief minister said that the case might be sent to the case to the Federal Investigation Agence (FIA) if needed.

Moreover, the Punjab health authorities have been facing further challenges as the province is currently facing a massive outbreak of viral conjunctivitis or 'pink eye' infection with the number of reported cases nearing the 100,000 mark on Saturday.

According to sources within the health department, as many as 10,269 cases of eye infection have been reported in the last 24 hours, exceeding the 90,000 mark, Geo News reported a day earlier.

The highest number of pink eye cases were reported in Bahawalpur with 1,540 people suffering from the infection. Meanwhile, 1,132 have been reported in Faisalabad, 1,048 in Multan 608 in Rahim Yar Khan and 452 patients in Lahore.

Meanwhile, Punjab Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Dr Jamal Nasir has warned the public against resorting to self-medication saying that doing so can be injurious to their eyes.

Conjunctivitis usually affects both eyes and makes them:

  • Red
  • Burn or feel gritty
  • Produce pus that sticks to lashes
  • Itch
  • Water